Category Archives: ski season

Winter is on the way to Bansko!

The snow has arrived on the mountains which gives me a warm, tingly feeling 😀 It’s all about log fires, hot chocolate and snow laden trees.

bansko snow topped mountains

The snow has arrived in Bansko.

We (Jeanette & Richard) will be back in the lovely Chalet Juniper for our 7th season in Bansko! We obviously love it and we’re looking forward to welcoming the new members of the team, Chloe and Laura who will be running the cosy Chalet Soltir which is new to Cloud Nine Chalets this Winter.

All the fun is about to begin and we’ll be helping Chloe and Laura to get their heads around shopping in Bulgaria, learning the most important phrases in Bulgarian (“another of those, please” is one of our faves), sampling the local wines and learning where the best apres-ski bars are.

Photo of Bansko chalet hosts enjoying a sunny day

Chloe & Laura – Your Hosts in Chalet Soltir

Chloe and Laura have had a head start on us as they have already been practising some of the chalet recipes, this photo of their lemon meringue pie made my mouth water so I can’t wait to taste the real thing! We love our food at Cloud Nine Chalets so planning all the chalet menus is a great job at the start of the season.

Home made lemon meringue pie

This lemon meringue pie looks delicious.

 

Love Jeanette & Richard xx

Bansko Bar Crawl.

You might think that a Tuesday night in Bansko would be quiet but No! Every week, we ask our guests if they want to come with us and do the Bansko Bar Crawl. It’s a great time to see Bansko by night, have fun and for some of our guests, to try to speak French!
This season we have been singing at the karaoke bar, clubbing at Oxygen, dancing on the bar at Jack’s House, and watching the live band at Amigos…

So now it’s the end of the season and it is with a lot of pride that it’s time for us to look back over the ski season and award the winners:

CATEGORY Best Singers
Some have been a bit shy to start but then, the machine was on and some people just didn’t want to let go of the microphone! Thank you to all the team for that great night.

Our best karaoke guests in Bansko!

Our best karaoke guests in Bansko!

CATEGORY Best Costume

A fabulous week with a daily vote to choose the lucky?? one who had to dress up in a ballet Tutu during the day on the ski slopes.

Our guests took it in turns to wear a ballet tutu on the slopes!

Our guests took it in turns to wear a ballet tutu on the slopes!

CATEGORY Best time on the slopes

Even with two injured people, this afternoon on the slopes was perfect! Just be careful on the way back on the Homerun….

It's always a worry when your guests hurt themselves on the last run of the day :( but these guys didn't let that stop them from having a great ski holiday in Bansko.

It’s always a worry when your guests hurt themselves on the last run of the day 🙁 but these guys didn’t let that stop them from having a great ski holiday in Bansko.

CATEGORY Best dancers

From 10pm to 4am, those guys have been dancing all over the places in Bansko! Really, congrats (and where did you get the energy from?)

These guys danced their way around Bansko!

These guys danced their way around Bansko!

CATEGORY Best Entertainment

There was dancing…. but also smoking Shisha pipes and watching Bulgarians trying to beat Craig’s punching ball record. So yes, entertainment is the word!

Experiencing all that Bansko has to offer... including the Shish pipe bar!

Experiencing all that Bansko has to offer… including the Shish pipe bar!

CATEGORY Best New Year’s Eve

We had a fantastic time in Bansko watching the fireworks and celebrating the New Year with plenty of Champagne.

Fireworks in the town square and lots of champagne to see the night in!

Fireworks in the town square and lots of champagne to see the night in!

CATEGORY Best Clubbers

Skiing during the day and clubbing at night? Yes they have done it during all the week: great week, great night, and great guests! We needed a week off after they left 🙂

Skiing all day, clubbing all night in Bansko! Well done guys!

Skiing all day, clubbing all night in Bansko! Well done guys!

Working in a ski resort

We are Camille and Yohann; we have been together for 4 years and we are from France.

After completing our studies in international trade and working for a year in an international company, we decided to work abroad starting with an Australian trip.

In Australia, we enjoyed working in hospitality and that is why we wanted to work as hosts again, but in a different environment this time and a Winter season sounded like such a good opportunity. Victoria and her parents Jeanette and Richard have taken care of us and showed us how everything works here in Bulgaria (where it is all a little bit different!!).

Once we were ready, we couldn’t wait for the guests to arrive at CHALET JUNIPER in Bansko Bulgaria. But first, we had to get everything prepared!

First we met the hire shop and ski school that Victoria has worked with for several years: SKIMANIA, one of the closest to the gondola. What nice staff and great English speakers!!

We introduced ourselves and we understand why this is where we will bring the guests, the Ski Mania guys are the best ski advisers ever who will bend over backwards for you! They also made sure that we were prepared with our own skis for the whole season.

After a tour around the Gondola, we drove up the mountain with Victoria, Jeanette and Richard, to get used to the snow tires, the icy road and the wheel at the right hand-side (There was a lot to remember)! The ski runs were being prepared, everyone was getting ready for the first wave of skiers so it was very exciting.

Walking in the Bansko snow

Checking out the piste bashers in Bansko

We stopped to meet few locals that we would meet again during the season, at Harry’s Bar. It’s the meeting point for our guests if they want a lift back after a day of skiing. The live music is great, the hot chocolate is delicious and the beers are so cold fresh! The friendly staff know us and our guests now and look after us every time we visit.

Hosting during winter season is a matter of making guest comfortable, warm and cook homemade delicious dinners, which we love to do!! The treats are ready to be eaten, the Hot Tub is warm, the beds are cosy and snug, all we need now is for you to come and visit us!

Cami & Yohann